Maize & Blue Cupboard

College students are experiencing food insecurity at alarming rates. The Maize and Blue Cupboard is here to provide an immediate and comprehensive response for the U-M community. We provide students with resources, educational opportunities, leadership development and compassionate support -- the tools they need to develop the skills to make informed decisions.

What We Provide


Produce, dairy, meat, frozen foods, bread, shelf-stable foods (i.e. rice, cans, tuna, etc)

Kitchen & Cooking

Tupperware, cutting boards, knives, pots, pans, dishes, silverware, cookware and other basic kitchen items

Personal & Household

Hand soap, dish soap, trash bags, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, feminine products, condoms, deodorant, baby items, shampoo, and school supplies.


We host expert guests from organizations like CAPS, Dean of Students, Financial Aid, Wolverine Wellness, and more. We’ll also have information on signing up for SNAP (the MIchigan Food Assistance Program) and other resources on and around campus.


Tuesdays-Fridays 3 pm-7 pm
Saturdays 10 am-2 pm


We are located in the basement of the Betsy Barbour Residence Hall.

You may enter via the Maynard entrance only. To ensure privacy for residents of Betsy Barbour, please do not attempt to enter any other door. If you need ramp or elevator access, please contact us.

Our Mission

To ensure members of the University of Michigan community, whether on a tight budget or physically restrained from getting to a grocery store, receive equitable access to healthy, nutritious, and nourishing food and the ability to prepare it for themselves or others.


Alex Bryan

UM Sustainable Food Program

Jessica Thompson

Maize and Blue Cupboard Program Manager


Contact Us

How to Help

We are currently not accepting food donations but we are accepting monetary donations. Please use our contact form or visit our page if you’d like to donate. If you are interested in a food/fund drive in the future, we’ll have more information soon.


Who do you help?

Did you know over 30% of U-M students struggle with food insecurity in some way? We are here to help anyone with a valid U-M ID.

I’m short on food, but I don’t think I need ‘help’.

Come on in, anyway. Just look around or leave with a couple grocery bags, it’s your choice. We’re here to support you, however you need it.

Will this impact my financial aid?

No, accessing Maize and Blue Cupboard will not impact your financial aid.

Is there a limit on food?

There’s no limit on food. Take what you need, but eat what you take. We’re set up like a grocery store, so you have free choice to choose what you prefer to eat. You might see suggested portions for certain food items, this is to help ensure we don’t run out of high-demand items. If there is something else you’d like to see in the space, let us know.

Is there a limit on other items?

We have a limited supply of personal items and cookware. We ask that you please limit shopping cookware to once a semester and personal needs to once a month, if possible.

What is your privacy policy?

Privacy is at the center of our mission to ensure the dignity of all individuals. Information will not be shared with any entity, individual, or organization outside of the requirement to fulfill USDA, University of Michigan, and Food Gatherers policies. Outside of requiring your U-M ID, nobody is verifying the information you provide.